View Full Version : Best Q in Montgomery AL?

02-01-2011, 08:30 PM
Howdy Brethren.

I'm being called out to Montgomery for some business next week. While I'm out there, I figure I might as well try the bbq down south. Any suggestions on where I should go?

02-01-2011, 08:56 PM
I've had some mighty good que at Country's BBQ. They have a couple of places. I wouldn't call it great but to me anyway, it's good. Love the bbq onions that come with the meals.

02-02-2011, 06:21 PM
I'd recommend going to Dreamland or Jim N' Nicks.

02-15-2011, 08:14 PM
Checking in with details on my trip...

The nice folks that I worked for decided that I needed to check out Fat Boys BBQ Ranch in Pratville (http://www.fatboysbarbqueranch.com/) to get my fill of Q. Prattville was bout 20 minutes away, but since they were paying me to be there and they wanted to take me, we made a long lunch out of it.

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Fat boys bar b que ranch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/trza-and-jojo/5431812330/) by trzarocks (http://www.flickr.com/people/trza-and-jojo/), on Flickr

The place was an authentic looking Q shack. Lots of old tables and wood tones all around.

When you walk inside, there's a little room on the right where you place your order with the cashier. Here's the menu:

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Fat Boys Bar B Que Menu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/trza-and-jojo/5431710950/) by trzarocks (http://www.flickr.com/people/trza-and-jojo/), on Flickr

Unable to determine what might be the tastiest BBQ'd meat, I ordered the Fat Boy Favorite. It's a bit of everything - turkey, chicken, brisket, rib, sausage, and pork. It comes with 2 sides and some cheap white bread. I went with the beans and camp (Brunswick) stew on recommendation of the owner. You also get some Heinz dill pickle chips. It's so much food that it comes on two plates.

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Fat boy favorite (http://www.flickr.com/photos/trza-and-jojo/5449711382/) by trzarocks (http://www.flickr.com/people/trza-and-jojo/), on Flickr

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Sides (http://www.flickr.com/photos/trza-and-jojo/5431122549/) by trzarocks (http://www.flickr.com/people/trza-and-jojo/), on Flickr

I really liked their sauce, so I picked up a three pack of their stuff. There was a lot of onion flavor in there. Perhaps one will make it into the next Sauce and Rub trade.

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Fat boy's Bar B Que Ranch Sauce (http://www.flickr.com/photos/trza-and-jojo/5431088443/) by trzarocks (http://www.flickr.com/people/trza-and-jojo/), on Flickr

To thank my hosts, I ordered up a bunch of Peach Cobbler and their last banana pudding. The peach cobbler was awesome, while the banana pudding was OK at best.

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Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/trza-and-jojo/5431805094/) by trzarocks (http://www.flickr.com/people/trza-and-jojo/), on Flickr

Overall, it was pretty good Q. But it's my opinion that everything was overcooked a bit. The brisket didn't even stay together long enough to make it to my mouth. Turkey and chicken were a bit dry. I've had much worse in my days so don't think that I am trying to say that it was horrible.

In speaking with the owner, he likes to cook his briskets hot and fast. He said that they get really tender once they temp to 212. The small brisket chunks on my plate attest to this fact. There is no need for injections using this method. I've read some threads on hot and fast here, so I throw it out for your consideration.

Later in the week, I went to Jim n Nick's for lunch. I liked their Q a lot better. Everything was cooked perfectly and it was really good Q. The sauces were good, too. I ended up with a sandwich that was built like this (forget the name):

( Top Bun )
[Little bit o Slaw]
( Middle Bun )
[Pulled Pork]
( Bottom Bun )

Bottom line - I'd do Jim n Nicks again if I ever go back to Montgomery. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to return to the BBQ Ranch.

02-23-2011, 12:05 PM
I'd go to either Dreamland or Jim 'N Nicks. Both chains, but putting out quality BBQ. Kevin